Pupils at Bourn Primary – Home Learning
As we are unable to come to school at present, we are thinking of lots of ways of keeping you busy and occupied! Class Blogs are now up and running on PurpleMash so that you are able to keep in touch with your class mates and respond to challenges from your teachers! We also thought we could keep you informed about all the different resources available online to help pass the time until we can be back together again. This page will be updated regularly so please keep checking back for ideas and inspiration!
Half Term Fun
If your child a fan of Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler’s wonderful picture books, you can download a range of home learning activity packs to complete as your read the books from here.
Calling all budding illustrators! JK Rowling is publishing a new book online, for free. The first couple of chapters are up already and she’s posting a new chapter each weekday! She would also like children to illustrate it – you can post your illustrations to her Twitter account and she will choose which ones to include when she publishes in print in November! Get scribbling!
Ideas for May!
The Home Learning Hub is a free website for all users, without sign-in or subscription. You will find pages for different subject areas and resources for children aged 4-11. There is a wonderful range of free activities, challenges and projects for children to try at home. There are also guides for parents to support home-schooling and daily routines. The website is frequently updated too!
Free Science Virtual School Trip!
Cambridge Science Centre is providing a free science virtual school trip to all schools. We can have access to one of its shows for one week only. You can watch it at any time for free, as many times as you like during this period. It is suitable for Key Stage 1 and 2 pupils, and lasts for 25 minutes. The date that we will have access to the show starts from Monday 11th May and will end on midnight on Sunday 17th May. Parents will be sent a website link and a password 11th May. Click on the Open Up Science tab on the left for access to Open Up Science Magazines.
The British Red Cross have put together some excellent resources for these strange times. They have created a series of activities to build resilience and promote and celebrate kindness. The activities are fully resourced with links to engaging videos, creative ideas and real-life stories. The show we
Inspiration for April!
If you’re looking for something new to read, check out this book put together by Katherine Rundell with contributions from lots of current famous children’s authors.
Mind Travels Writing Competitions. Writing competitions for Primary and Secondary pupils – new competitions every 2 weeks until mid July! Get scribbling!
The Fiver Challenge is a 4-week National Enterprise Challenge for children (aged from 5-11) to develop an enterprising mindset and understanding of finance. To support homelearning, they have developed the FiverfromHome project – this is a fun way for children to imagine what business they could create with just £5!
Learning through Landscapes is a wonderful website with absolutely tons of ideas how to encourage children and young people to connect with nature, become more active, learn outdoors and have fun.
If you’re more creative and a budding animator, Jim Parkyn, who has worked with Aardman (think Wallace and Gromit amongst others) is doing daily clay workshops to make little models in clay/plasticine. See his videos here.
If you’re more sporty, you may be interested in #This Is P.E. which are short 2 minute videos delivered by teachers focussing on the PE curriculum. These have been commissioned by the Association for Physical Education and Youth Sport Trust to support parents to teach PE at home. There are also Change4Life activities available for chidren and young people with disabilities and Sensory Circuits and P.E. Challenges available here.
Strengthening Minds – Strengthening Minds, a London-based organisation that supports the wellbeing of children and their families has created an excellent resource called The Strengthening Minds Guide to Staying Home… In Style. This free, downloadable activity pack contains information, games and activities, for families, children, teenagers and there’s a section on mindfulness and wellbeing. It’s definitely worth checking out. Download it from the here.
Nuffield Health – Keeping a journal and doing daily exercise can help us to look after our wellbeing. You can download a free Wellbeing Journal and take part in some 15-minute exercises, created by Nuffield Health.
Get out into the garden and see what you can find!
Spread the Happiness – Singing and dancing are also a great way to help us feel happy. Spread The Happiness have shared their Nursery Rhymes and Dough Disco videos for free, here.
Arts and Crafts
This project challenges you to create a town of your own design. You can build your town of out whatever you have available and can win an iPad for school!
The producers of the West End production of The Wind in the Willows will stream the star-studded show online for free, though ask for a small donation that will be given to theatre charities. You could create posters, tickets and set up your lounge as a theatre! Get the popcorn ready!
A huge range of audio stories, videos, music and abridged classics for all age groups.
Mo Willems, the Brooklyn-based artist and author of much-loved stories like Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus!, Knuffle Bunny, and all the adventures of Elephant and Piggie is teaching a lunchtime art class on YouTube. Get your pencils and pens at the ready!
Hear stories read by authors and celebrities!
Try your hand at designing and making a Lego structure every day for 30 days!
Sports and Dance
Masses of movement and mindfulness videos – dance routines, competitions and exercise. A great way of keeping fit and improving your dance moves!
Yoga and mindfulness – a calmer way of keeping physically and mentally fit.
Start your day with an energetic P.E. session with Joe Wicks. 9 a.m. classes every weekday.
Science, Nature, Humanities
The Fitz Learning Team have been devising a series of activities based on museum objects that encourage children and families to look, think and be creative together. Click on the link for some Fitzwilliam-based fun!
Try your hand at these recipes and cooking ideas and simultaneously improve your Science, Technology, Maths and Engineering skills!
Visit the website for a comprehensive list of virtual tours you can take! Adventure all over the world from your own home. Enjoy your travels!
Visit the Learning Resources section of the London Science Museum online and find lots of fun science experiments and activities to try at home. Ask parents first!
A fantastic website with games, activities, competitions and lots of information about the natural world.
Will Millard – Live Nature Lessons on Facebook
Will Millard is a writer, BBC presenter and expedition leader born in the Fens. He is holding live lessons three times a week on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays on Facebook at 10 a.m. and will answer your questions. The first lesson was all about Puffer Fish!
Just for Fun!
J.K. Rowling and her Wizarding World partners have launched Harry Potter At Home – explore the hub for a wealthy of creative and craft activities, quizzes, puzzles and more!
Even though we are unable to go to Disney World, Disney World can come to us! Click on the link to go on theme park rides from the comfort of your own home!
Check back again soon for some new and exciting ideas!